IHG Hotels & Resorts form strategic partnership with APSN

Apprenticeships and training programmes are now available at all IHG hotels in Singapore

IHG Hotels & Resorts and APSN (formerly known as the Association for Persons with Special Needs) have forged a strategic partnership to provide support, jobs, and training for APSN students and trainees across all IHG hotels in Singapore.

The agreement includes an apprenticeship programme designed to help students and trainees realise their full potential as well as employment and training opportunities such as hospitality and food and beverage courses. Colleagues from IHG Hotels and the Singapore office will raise funds, hold workshops, and volunteer hours as an important part of the venture.

APSN is a social service organisation dedicated to empowering people with special needs to live dignified, fulfilling, and independent lives. It prepares beneficiaries for employment and success through education and vocational training initiatives that begin in childhood and continue into adulthood.

“I am excited to announce this fantastic partnership with APSN. Diversity, equity and inclusion is an integral part of IHG’s culture and we are committed to serving the communities in which we operate. More than three decades have passed since 1989 when Holiday Inn Orchard City Centre became a pioneer in Singapore in hiring people with different abilities. Today, 5 per cent of our full-time workforce are people with different abilities, and most of our full-service hotels in Singapore are accredited with the SG-enabling mark," shared Rajit Sukumaran, Managing Director, South East Asia & Korea, IHG and Chairman of the SEAK DE&I Council.

Sukumaran added that he was proud of the leaders across the business who have continually driven and supported DE&I initiatives in Singapore. "As travel recovers and Singapore gradually opening its borders to international travel, I’m confident that our partnership with APSN will be further strengthened as we continue to work together to make an impact in our community by creating job and training opportunities and an environment that is truly understanding of others, and embraces differences,” he added.  

“This collaborative partnership will open new doors of opportunity on various fronts for our special needs students and trainees with mild intellectual disability, furthering our mission of empowering and guiding them into an inclusive society,” said Royce Seah, Vice-Chairman, APSN Ltd.   

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